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Range Resources sues homeowner over YouTube of flaming well

Steven Lipsky shot video of methane- fueled flames shooting from a hose hooked up to his well in Weatherford, Texas, and sent it to Sharon Wilson, a blogger who posted it on YouTube. And he hired Alisa Rich to test the water in his well and alert the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  More »
The Ocean Prospector sits in the Galveston Harbor. (Photo: Courtesy of Plant Recovery Company)

World’s first semisubmersible drill rig getting back to work

After being out of commission for 14 years, the world’s first self-propelled semisubmersible drilling rig is looking to get back into the offshore business.  More »
Industry and environmental interests are debating whether efforts to reduce smog would increase greenhouse gas emissions.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Guest Column: Vehicle emissions standards are a regulatory success story

Recent estimates from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) show that emissions of air pollutants that harm human health in the Houston region are falling dramatically.  More »
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Aubrey McClendon says when Goldman offered to add another $1 billion to its debt deal, it was a sign of confidence. It's not. Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP2012

Steffy: Is Chesapeake’s gunslinger-in-chief headed for the sunset?

Every gunslinger eventually reaches a sunset, and Aubrey McClendon’s may be approaching.  More »
Mac Haik Realty is planning Energy Tower III in the Energy Plaza development. It will have a fitness center and a restaurant.

New tower to energize west Houston

Car dealer and real estate developer Mac Haik plans to break ground this summer on a 17-story office tower in west Houston’s Energy Corridor, the second project of its kind to be announced in the past two months.  More »
Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse in Houston after he was freed on bail. The former BP engineer is accused of obstruction of justice in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle

Ex-BP engineer asks U.S. judge to ease bail travel curbs

A former BP Plc (BP/) engineer charged with destroying evidence sought for a U.S probe of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill asked a U.S. judge to ease travel restrictions imposed on him as a condition of bail.  More »

Australia seen a decade away from large-scale shale production

Australian shale explorers may be a decade away from producing oil and gas on a large scale because of obstacles ranging from a lack of drilling equipment to higher labor and infrastructure costs, Wood Mackenzie Ltd. said.  More »

Would you pay $1 million for an electric car?

Croatian carmaker Rimac Auto has announced it will put into production the Concept One electric supercar, a concept vehicle that first made waves at last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. The battery-powered vehicle boasts more than 1,000 Hp and reaches a top speed of 190 Mph. Only 88 are expected to be sold worldwide in 2013.  More »
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Enbridge enlarging pipeline that ruptured in 2010

Enbridge Inc. will enlarge a pipeline that ruptured nearly two years ago in southwestern Michigan so it can carry more oil from deposits in western Canada and North Dakota, a company official said Thursday.  More »
A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Oil falls to near $92 after sharp 2-week selloff

Oil prices fell to near $92 a barrel Friday in Asia, extending a sharp two-week selloff as the latest twists in Europe’s debt crisis added to a gloomy economic outlook.  More »
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Dynegy directors sued by investor over plants’ transfer

Dynegy Inc.’s directors were sued by an investor claiming they wrongfully agreed to transfer power plants from a unit the company later put into bankruptcy to benefit billionaire Carl Icahn and other shareholders.  More »
Aubrey McClendon, co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp., is pictured during an interview in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. (AP Photo)

Chesapeake could face tough choice to close budget gap

Chesapeake Energy faces a $3.9 billion shortfall between cash it expects to raise for the rest of the year and what it needs for new drilling and debt, according to a Chronicle analysis.  More »
(AP file photo/Mark Lennihan)

More Chesapeake investors raising concerns

The New York City Comptroller on Thursday joined a list of investors who have expressed serious concern about embattled Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon and his leadership style during a week when the company’s market value has fallen more than $1 billion. The comptroller, John Liu, sent a letter to shareholders on behalf of […]  More »
The Cushing, Okla., pipeline hub.

Cushing-to-Gulf Coast pipeline reversal completed

Owners of the Seaway project said the pipeline will begin carrying up to 150,000 barrels of crude per day to the Gulf Coast refining market this weekend.  More »
Workers check solar panels in Yulin, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Liu Xiao)

Administration moves to sets stiff tariffs on China solar panels

The Obama administration is moving to impose stiff new tariffs on solar panels made in China, finding that Chinese companies are improperly flooding the U.S. market with government-subsidized ones.  More »